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Paula Abdul: Fan had previously attempted suicide outside her home

By Christopher Rocchio, 12/08/2008 

Paula Abdul has confirmed that the Paula Goodspeed's alleged November suicide wasn't the first time that the obsessed fan had attempted to kill herself near the American Idol judge's home.

"What people don't know is a few months prior I was in New York and she had attempted the same thing.  She [required resuscitation] apparently and they were able to... in-front of my house she was in the backseat of her car," said Abdul during a Monday morning appearance on ABC's The View.  "They took her to the hospital and she survived."

Goodspeed, a 30-year-old former Idol auditioner and Abdul fan, was found dead in her car near Abdul's Sherman Oaks, CA house on the evening of November 11. Her car -- which featured the license plate "ABL LV" and had a photo of Abdul hanging from its rear view mirror -- was found a few houses down from Abdul's.

"It was extremely tragic," said Abdul about the incident.

Los Angeles Police subsequently confirmed that Goodspeed had visited Abdul's house on multiple occasions during the past few years. While never harassing Abdul directly, Goodspeed had caused enough of a disturbance for police to be notified.

In addition, reports that Goodspeed had tried to commit suicide in front of Abdul's house a few months prior to her death by overdosing on pills also surfaced.

"She has been a stalker/fan for 17 years," said Abdul of Goodspeed.  "[But] it wasn't until American Idol that she ever knew how to get to me.  Prior to that, it was always through a fan club."

Abdul added she was not home when Goodspeed apparently committed suicide.

"This time around I was fortunately at the Kodak Theater doing Hollywood Week for American Idol," she said.  "The crew knew but waited until I was done taping [to tell me].  But I had some kind of feeling and premonition something was going on."

Last week, Abdul decided to place her home on the market and said what occurred outside of the dwelling on November 11 played a role in her decision.

"That's true in part, but I wanted to sell my house prior to that," she said.  "It's definitely time now."

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